Towson Town Center

Police in Baltimore County have charged a Parkville woman with essentially wasting their time with an elaborate report of an attempted gunpoint carjacking at the mall last week.

Pamela Davis, 46, told police last Tuesday she was in a parking garage across from Towson Town Center when two suspects “lurking among the parked cars” approached her. She described them as black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts, black ski masks and jeans.

Officers who responded heard her initial story: She was opening her car door when they approached and demanded she hand over the keys; she thought they had a gun, but didn’t see one; she refused, and they instead took her purse and ran away.

A problem emerged, though: her story started to change. She later told officers the suspects had pointed a handgun at her. They also had demanded money, she said.

Oddly, surveillance video showed she had driven into the lot and parked her car, but never left it. She then drove out of the lot before she called the police.

Police took her call seriously. “Air support, K9, and additional ground support units were called to the scene,” Baltimore County police said in a release. Towson Town Center security officers were also alerted, and Towson University tweeted warnings to the campus community of the crime, telling them to “remain alert.”

Off Campus Armed Robbery :: An armed robbery has been reported at/near Towsontown Mall. Remain alert if in the area.

— Towson University (@TowsonU) November 14, 2017

Armed Robbery Susp Description :: 2 blk males, ski masks, blk hoodies and blue jeans. Armed with a handgun. Headed towards Fairmount Ave.

— Towson University (@TowsonU) November 14, 2017

Armed Robbery Off Campus All Clear :: Balto Co PD has cleared the scene. Suspects believed to have left the area.

— Towson University (@TowsonU) November 15, 2017

Court records show Davis was charged with two counts of making a false statement to a police officer. She’s due to appear in court on Jan. 16, 2018.

Police said her motive for falsely reporting the robbery remains unknown. “She has become uncooperative with detectives,” the department said.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...

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